National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Antawn Jamison racked up 26 points and 13
rebounds while Juan Dixon poured in 26 points off the bench as Washington
extended its home win streak to eight games with a 118-109 decision over
Toronto at the MCI Center. Gilbert Arenas added 23 points and eight assists
for the Wizards, who had lost two in a row since losing star guard Larry
Hughes for up to six weeks due to a broken thumb. Jalen Rose delivered 32
points, with 23 coming after halftime, in the loss. The Raptors, who saw a
three-game win streak end, also received 20 points and seven assists from
Rafer Alston, while Morris Peterson had 18 points and nine boards.
Final Score: Dallas 105, Charlotte 99
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finley each scored
20 points to lead Dallas past a pesky Charlotte team, 105-99, at Charlotte
Arena. Jason Terry tallied 17 points while Jerry Stackhouse contributed 17 off
the bench for Dallas. The Mavericks have now won four straight and improved to
11-5 on the road, the second-best mark in the NBA. Charlotte was paced by
Emeka Okafor, who scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to record his 26th
double-double of the season. Jason Hart finished with 13 points and 10 assists
as the Bobcats lost their seventh straight contest.
Final Score: New Jersey 104, Boston 98
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored 25 points and
Travis Best added 24 off the bench, leading New Jersey to a 104-98 victory
over Boston at Continental Airlines Arena. Jason Kidd collected 14 points,
nine rebounds and nine assists in the win, which snapped the Nets’ two-game
losing streak. Kidd made a clutch three-pointer and some key free throws down
the stretch as Boston climbed back into the game. Paul Pierce scored 22 points
with seven rebounds to lead the Celtics, who had a two-game winning streak
end. Gary Payton added 16 points in defeat and Ricky Davis scored 13 off the
Final Score: Houston 92, New York 91
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Scott Padgett’s basket at the buzzer lifted
the Houston Rockets over the New York Knicks, 92-91, at Madison Square Garden.
Tracy McGrady, who set up the winning hoop, scored a game-high 35 for Houston,
which has won two straight. Yao Ming added 22 points and 12 boards as the
Rockets have captured six of eight overall and five of seven on the road.
Stephon Marbury had 20 points and Jamal Crawford tallied 18 points for the
Knicks, who have lost five straight and fell to 1-10 in their last 11
Final Score: Indiana 106, Miami 100 (OT)
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Jamal Tinsley had 30 points and Reggie Miller had
eight of his 18 points in overtime, as the Indiana Pacers topped the Miami
Heat, 106-100. Jermaine O’Neal had 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Pacers,
who have won 10 straight meetings with the Heat in regular-season play.
Indiana finished its brief three-game road trip 2-1. Dwyane Wade had 30 points
and nine rebounds to pace the Heat, losers of four of six. Shaquille O’Neal
added 24 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Final Score: Chicago 95, Atlanta 85
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Kirk Hinrich finished with a team-high 23
points, dished out nine assists and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Chicago
past Atlanta, 95-85 at The United Center. Antonio Davis added a season-high 17
for Chicago, while Eddy Curry netted 18 points in the win. The Bulls have won
eight of their last nine contests and this was their sixth straight home
victory. Antoine Walker scored a game-high 25 points to go along with seven
rebounds for Atlanta, and Al Harrington tallied 21 in the loss. The Hawks have
lost three consecutive games and four of their last five.
Final Score: Milwaukee 89, Detroit 86
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Mike James scored a team-high 20 points
against his former club, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons,
89-86, at the Bradley Center. James came off the bench to hit 6-of-9 field
goal attempts, including four three-pointers, to lead Milwaukee, which won for
just the second time in seven outings. Joe Smith had 14 points, Redd finished
with 13 and Mason chipped in with 10 for the Bucks. Leading Detroit, which has
lost five of six at Milwaukee, was Tayshaun Prince, who tied a career-high
with 26 points.
Final Score: San Antonio 128, Phoenix 123 (OT)
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Manu Ginobili scored a career-high 48 points,
including six in overtime, and San Antonio overcame a 17-point, fourth-quarter
deficit to beat Phoenix 128-123 and maintain its hold on the best record in
the NBA. Tim Duncan added 30 points and 19 rebounds for the Spurs, who scored
40 points in the fourth quarter to erase an 88-71 deficit. They held a 111-108
lead with 7.3 seconds remaining in regulation, but Shawn Marion tied it for
Phoenix with a buzzer-beating, three-pointer. Marion ended with 37 points to
lead the Suns, and his 17 in the third quarter was one more than San Antonio
scored as a team. Steve Nash added 16 points and 13 assists in his return
after missing three games with a thigh and back injury. The Suns dropped all
three of those games, and their season-high losing streak now stands at six.
Final Score: Denver 92, Memphis 82
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Earl Boykins continued to stand tall as the
league’s smallest player scored a team-high 25 points and the Denver
Nuggets cooled off the red-hot Memphis Grizzlies, 92-82, at the Pepsi Center.
Coming off the bench, the 5-foot-5 Boykins hit 10-of-13 field goal attempts
and handed out a season-high 10 assists for Denver, which has won two
straight. Marcus Camby added 18 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks for the
Nuggets, who were without the services of Carmelo Anthony and Nene.
Final Score: LA Lakers 105, Golden State 101
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Chucky Atkins scored 26 points and dished
out 10 assists to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 105-101 win over the Golden
State Warriors at the Staples Center. Lamar Odom added 25 points for the
Lakers, who continue to play without injured star Kobe Bryant. Los Angeles
is 3-1 since Bryant’s injury, which came early in a 98-94 win over Cleveland
five games ago. Jumaine Jones had 16 points and nine boards and Caron Butler
tallied 14 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles, which has won six of
eight overall and six of seven at home.
Final Score: Minnesota 112, Seattle 107
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Wally Szczerbiak scored a season-high 34
points off the bench as the Minnesota Timberwolves ended a two-game skid with
a 112-107 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics. Szczerbiak shot 11-of-19
from the field, and added six rebounds and eight assists for the
Timberwolves, who came out strong in this game and held on in the fourth
quarter for a much-needed win. Kevin Garnett contributed 24 points, eight
rebounds and seven helpers. Seattle was paced by Ray Allen’s 25 points,
six rebounds and four assists. Luke Ridnour had a career-high 19 points on
7-of-8 shooting for the Sonics, losers of two in a row.